Aerospace Engineer (International Program Manager)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Mar 21, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Provides guidance to lower-level staff to resolve difficult technical, bilateral, project, or policy interpretation issues.

International Program Managers use bilateral agreements, FAA policies/regulations, and risk management principles. Use effective management skills to maintain oversight of a portfolio of products or portfolio of bilateral agreements.

Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to aerospace engineering as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies to solve complex problems and develop improved processes for the organization.

Applies effective written communication skills to formulate succinct and appropriate FAA positions and create documents that compel others to take a course of action, instruct others in carrying out tasks or activities, or explain the status, purpose, goals, and objectives of an issue, policy, or project. Communicate bilateral, policy, guidance, and provide instruction to others on how to apply policy and guidance, both internally and externally. Apply effective and diverse communication skills as well as an understanding of cultural diversity across a myriad of foreign and FAA stakeholders in order to improve bilateral communications, stakeholder relationships, and
organizational processes.

Assists FAA stakeholders, Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities (FCAA) and applicants to establish and communicate the appropriate level of involvement of the FAA in type validation activity and to resolve differences.

Monitors the level of FCAA involvement in outbound validation activity and use their knowledge of the bilateral agreements to resolve inappropriate FCAA involvement. Coordinates activity related to FCAA approvals of US outbound validation projects with the Certificate Management Aircraft Certification Office (CMACO) and domestic applicant.

Leads and/or participates on teams to conduct organizational improvement, implement new processes, procedures, conduct audits, maintenance of confidence, or other activity to achieve organizational objectives related to type validation activity.

Uses knowledge of aircraft products and technical understanding to identify, or work with others to identify, the appropriate FAA project team members to conduct project specific activity.

Responsible for tracking, conducting, and completing all activities necessary for FAA issuance of design approvals including, but not limited to, development and coordination of new or amended type certificates, new or amended supplemental type certificates, letters of design approval, and type certificate data sheets creation and revision.

In addition to issuing new approvals, International Program Managers lead, prioritize, communicate and arbitrate post-type certification issues with the appropriate FAA stakeholders and foreign authorities for assigned products and certificates.

Post-type certification activity includes, but is not limited to:
- Leads and coordinates discussions on continued operational safety matters related to Airworthiness Directive (AD) actions inconjunction with the FAA Operational Safety Branch.
- Develops and coordinates Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) worksheets, Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB), and Alternate Methods of Compliance (AMOC).
- Responds to comments on proposed AD actions and other documents.
- Coordinates branch responses on FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendations.

The International Program Managers maintains pro-active awareness of the service and safety events related to the US registered fleet in their assigned portfolio and will be expected to coordinate, lead, and arbitrate FAA and FCAAs toward timely responses and conclusions.

Frequent communications with foreign authorities to establish and maintain a close working relationship, while being respectful of unique and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Interviews: If the agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed


Basic Requirements : Successful completion of a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the ABET as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR,

ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS : Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;
  • Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
  • Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A;
  • Related curriculum: - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for Engineering at:,

Specialized Experience for J-Band : In addition to the basic/alternative qualification requirements identified above, all applicants must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FV-I or FG/GS-13). Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or directly related to work of the position to be filled. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE include: Experience with the application of regulations and policy in managing the certification or international validation of aeronautical products.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSA listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

FAA's CORE COMPENSATION PLAN This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at:

The FAA is an excepted service agency. Basic Federal employee benefits remain the same as other Federal agencies.

This position is located in AIR-730. However, this vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other AIR Division Offices. Duty location/locality pay will be determined based on selection for one of the locations listed on this vacancy announcement .

Only the following locations will be negotiable. Percentages next to City/State represents the locality rate for that location:
  • Anchorage, AK - 31.32%
  • Lakewood, CA - 34.89%
  • Denver, CO - 29.05%
  • Washington, DC - 32.49%
  • Hapeville, GA - 23.02%
  • Des Plaines, IL - 29.79%
  • Wichita, KS - 16.50%
  • Burlington, MA - 31.05%
  • Kansas City, MO - 18.18%
  • Westbury, NY - 36.16%
  • Fort Worth, TX - 26.37%
  • Des Moines, WA - 29.57%

Unless previously completed, the incumbent must satisfactorily complete a 1-year probationary period to remain in this supervisory or managerial position.

  • This Level 5 (Moderate Risk; Public Trust) position requires favorable adjudication of a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

INTERVIEWS: Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Regional AIR - ACE ANM ANE ASW.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA